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Set within 235 acres of beautiful lakes and parkland, Billing Aquadrome is a totally unique destination that’s perfect for families and couples alike.
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Medbourne Edge Retreat is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, an exclusive adults-only, luxury lodge escape nestled in an idyllic setting overlooking the Leicestershire countryside.
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Landal Rockingham Forest offers luxury lodges set in ancient English woodland.
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northamptonshire Park & Visitor Guide

Welcome to Northamptonshire, a county renowned for its stunning countryside, motor racing at Silverstone, and grand stately homes like Althorp Estate. It's a place where families can enjoy hearty local food, from succulent Northamptonshire sausages to the sweet tang of locally produced cheeses.

Head out and try your hand at canoeing on the Nene or exploring the treetops at Salcey Forest. Booking a family holiday park offers the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment, with on-site activities and the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire is stunning location for a UK getaway thanks to its rolling countryside, exciting days out and famous events like the Northampton Balloon Festival and the Crick Boat Show.

If you're visiting Northamptonshire with kids

Northamptonshire has some excellent opportunities for kid-friendly days out. From Wicksteed Park, one of the oldest theme parks in the UK, to exploring the interactive history at the Castle Ashby Gardens, there's plenty to keep them entertained.

Taking your pet?

Northamptonshire is welcoming for pets, with many parks and trails to explore. For a bite to eat, try The Olde Victoria in Burton Latimer or The World's End in Ecton – both of which are a big hit with dog owners.

Other tips? Bring your pet's bed and toys to help them settle in.

Dog walking routes in this county

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Brixworth Country Park 7 Lake and woodland NN6 9DG
Irchester Country Park 3 Quarry and forest NN29 7DL
Stanwick Lakes Variable Lakes and meadows NN9 6GY
Salcey Forest Up to 6 Ancient woodland NN7 2HX
Canons Ashby 2 Historic estate NN11 3SD

Dining in, or heading out...

Many holiday parks have their own on-site restaurants, offering a great way to get a family meal after a busy day. Local cuisine includes Northamptonshire clanger, a pastry with a savoury and sweet end. The Tollemache Arms in Harrington is very popular with families, as well as The Hopping Hare.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Check out Nene Whitewater Centre for watersports. They offer rafting and tubing with prices starting around £30 per person. Seasonal opening times typically run from April to October.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre Retail, dining, and leisure NN10 6FH
Heart of the Shires Shopping Village Boutiques and antiques NN7 4LB
Grosvenor Shopping Centre Indoor Mall High street brands NN1 2EW
Peacock Place Shopping Arcade Independent shops NN1 2DP
Wellingborough Market Traditional Market Local produce and goods NN8 1AN


Top Parks for 2024 in Northamptonshire

Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat, Cambridgeshire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 53 minutes | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat is a luxurious lodge destination on the outskirts of Cambridge, offering a tranquil escape with stunning views of an 18-hole championship golf course, state-of-the-art facilities, and indulgent lodges with private decking and hot tubs.

For the kids - The park is a haven for children with its expansive grounds perfect for exploration. The natural setting provides a fantastic playground for young imaginations. The two indoor swimming pools are ideal for family fun, and the surrounding area offers numerous attractions to keep the little ones entertained.

What's on-site? On-site, guests can indulge in a variety of entertainment options. The Cambridge Country Club itself boasts a spa and wellness centre for relaxation, a well-equipped gym for fitness enthusiasts, and not one but two indoor swimming pools accompanied by a sauna and steam room. Dining options range from casual fare to Michelin-starred fine dining, ensuring a delightful culinary experience for all tastes.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the historic city of Cambridge, just a short drive away, where you can enjoy punting on the River Cam, visit the prestigious Cambridge University colleges, or explore the Fitzwilliam Museum. For families, the Shepreth Wildlife Park is approximately 30 minutes away by car, and the Imperial War Museum Duxford is around a 25-minute drive, offering interactive exhibits and historical aircraft displays. Entry fees vary, but you can expect to pay around £15-£20 per adult for most attractions, with discounts for children and family tickets.

Accommodation options: The accommodation at Cambridge Country Club Lodge Retreat is tailored for luxury and comfort, ideal for couples, groups, and families. The lodges, such as Yaxley Lodge, Somersham Lodge, and Ramsey Lodge, offer stunning views of the golf course, spacious open-plan living areas with modern technology, and private patios with hot tubs.

While the park is not pet-friendly, the high-end amenities and serene setting make it a superb choice for those looking for a sophisticated getaway.


Family Days Out In Northamptonshire

Wicksteed Park

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, generally 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Prices: Free entry, pay per ride or wristband options available
  • Postcode: NN15 6NJ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Wicksteed Park is a family favourite, offering a blend of traditional rides and modern thrills. Kids will love the railway and playground, while adrenaline junkies can get their fix on the roller coasters. They've recently introduced a laser tag arena, adding to the fun. To avoid queues, aim for a weekday visit or get there early. Grab a wristband for unlimited rides, and don't miss the water chute (although you might get ever-so-slightly wet!)

Phone number: 01536 512475 | Web: wicksteedpark.org


West Lodge Rural Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
  • Prices: Adults £7.95, Children £8.95, Under 2s free
  • Postcode: NN14 2SH
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Free on-site parking

Got animal lovers in the family? West Lodge Rural Centre is a hit with its hands-on farm experience. Feed the goats, cuddle the rabbits, and watch pig racing! They've recently added an indoor play area, perfect for unpredictable weather. Visit during lambing season for an extra special experience. Remember to wear boots – it can get muddy. And check out the nature trails; they're a peaceful escape.

Phone number: 01536 760552 | Web: westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk


Stanwick Lakes

  • Opening Times: Dawn till dusk, Visitor Centre 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Free entry, car park charges apply
  • Postcode: NN9 6GY
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Stanwick Lakes is a nature reserve and adventure playground rolled into one. The climbing frames and water play are massive hits with the kids. They've got a new obstacle course that's challenging and fun for all ages. Early morning is peaceful for bird watching, while afternoons are livelier for family fun. Don't miss the sculpture trail, and pack a picnic – the views are stunning.

Phone number: 01933 625522 | Web: stanwicklakes.org.uk


Castle Ashby Gardens

  • Opening Times: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily
  • Prices: Adults £9.00, Children £2.00, Under 5s free
  • Postcode: NN7 1LQ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free on-site parking

Castle Ashby Gardens is a serene escape with its manicured lawns and vibrant flower beds. The menagerie with meerkats and marmosets is a recent addition and a definite must-see. Spring and early summer showcase the gardens at their best. Tip: Check out the plant conservatory and the Italian gardens; they're Instagram gold. And there's a cute café on-site for a spot of tea.

Phone number: 01604 695200 | Web: castleashbygardens.co.uk


Irchester Country Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours, Visitor Centre 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Prices: Free entry, car park charges apply
  • Postcode: NN29 7DL
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Irchester Country Park is a woodland haven with trails for walking and cycling. The adventure playground is a hit, and there's a new high ropes course for the brave. Mornings are perfect for spotting wildlife. Don't forget to check out the old quarry site – it's a cool geological site. And if you're into orienteering, they've got a course for that too.

Phone number: 0300 126 5935 | Web: northamptonshireparks.co.uk/irchester-country-park


Northampton & Lamport Railway

  • Opening Times: Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Prices: Adults £5.20, Children £4.20, Under 2s free
  • Postcode: NN6 8BA
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free on-site parking

The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a charming heritage railway. It's a nostalgic trip with restored carriages and steam engines. They've recently introduced themed rides – the Santa Specials are a festive treat. For a quieter experience, try the midday trains. And if you're into history, the small museum is well worth a visit. Make sure to grab a window seat for the best views.

Phone number: 01604 820327 | Web: nlr.org.uk

Guests Ask

What should we pack?

Pack for the unpredictable British weather – bring layers, waterproofs, and comfortable walking shoes. Don't forget swimwear for pool days and a good book for relaxing evenings. If you're staying at a place like Wicksteed Park, you might want to bring picnic essentials and outdoor games to enjoy in the parkland.

Is Northamptonshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Yes. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often cheaper rates. Places like Stanwick Lakes offer stunning autumn walks, while holiday parks may have indoor facilities like swimming pools and soft play areas to enjoy even when it's chilly outside.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your accommodation includes a hot tub, it will be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before you check in. Parks like Overstone Lakes take hygiene seriously, ensuring a pristine and inviting hot tub for your arrival.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Northamptonshire are pet-friendly, understanding that pets are part of the family. Riverside Park, for example, welcomes furry friends, but always check the park's pet policy before booking. Some may charge a small fee or have designated pet-friendly accommodations.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities varies by park. Some, like Grendon Lakes, may require advance booking, especially for popular activities like water sports. Check the park's website or call ahead to secure your spot. It's a good idea to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What dining options are available within the holiday parks?

You'll find a range of dining options, from casual cafes to sit-down restaurants. For instance, Billing Aquadrome has an on-site restaurant and a convenience store for self-catering. Some parks even host food trucks or have takeaway services, giving you a break from cooking.

Are there any discounts for local attractions?

Yes, holiday parks often have partnerships with local attractions for discounted entry. Ask at reception for any current deals. For example, staying at Wicksteed Park might get you reduced prices on ride wristbands, adding value to your stay.

What kind of entertainment is provided for children?

You'll find a variety of kids' entertainment, from live shows and character meet-and-greets to craft workshops and sports competitions. Wicksteed Park is renowned for its amusement rides and playgrounds, ensuring the little ones are never bored. Check the park's schedule as events vary throughout the year.

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